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Drainage request denied


The area near Edgeview Subdivision is shown north of Calhoun & Cherry Streets in Fairbury.

Following a lengthy discussion among the sewer committee, the Fairbury City Council denied a request for the city to accept the acknowledgement and dedication of a 12-inch drainage tile in the Edgeview Subdivision.


According to Mayor David Slagel, the original developers wanted the city to take over a drainage system that is at the back of the subdivision. Slagel noted that an agreement was previously signed which stated the developers and their heirs would be responsible for the storm drain but they now feel they should not have to maintain it.


“It’s a tile that comes out from the retention pond,” Slagel explained.


A tile which hooks into the Avoca Drainage District out in a field was installed in the past, the mayor said. All of the council members voted no on the matter except Alderman Bruce Weber who voted “here.”


Also at Wednesday’s meeting, the Fairbury City Council learned from Alderman Gary Norris that operations were going well at the pool. The length of shifts for lifeguards was reduced and a temporary shift was added due to the excessive heat. This would prevent the lifeguards from being in the chairs too long.


Alderman Weber reminded the group of the upcoming Prairie Dirt Classic race and hopes the community welcomes visitors as race fans often compliment the city and its residents. Weber also wants to see local businesses benefit from the big race weekend.


The council also approved a request to increase the threshold for capitalizing fixed fixed assets from $1,000 to $2,500.


“The auditors said $1,000 is pretty low anymore and that was an old ordinance,” Mayor Slagel explained.


Sewer Superintendent Brad Duncan reported Seventh Street has reopened but would need to be closed for a day or two the week of Aug. 5 for repaving. Also, City Superintendent Brett Ashburn said work would be done on east Locust Street that same week.


In other action, the Fairbury City Council:


-Approved the consent agenda.


-Passed the 2019-20 appropriation.


-Allowed Ashburn and Nancy Widlacki to attend the IML Conference.

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